the liebster awards

Hi friends!

Happy Sunday (or whatever day you’re seeing this). Today I’m very excited to be answering some questions after being nominated for the Liebster award from the lovely Jayati. Be sure to check out her post!


  • Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  • Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself
  • Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  • Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

Jayati’s questions:

If you could go back to when you first started blogging, what would you do differently?

This is a really good question! I’ve been reflecting a lot on what I’ve learnt over my 6 months of blogging. I think the main one I would do differently is the length of my reviews; I felt like they had to be long and detailed, and I wish I had been more concise in reviews when I first started.

What book do you think would make a great movie/tv show?

Ooooh I have quite a few ideas for this.

One would be Rules for Vanishing would be a great Blairwitch Project kind of movie. I think the changes between 1st person perspective, showing what happened in the video recordings, and the interviews with the main characters after the fact, make the whole thing very interesting and would be a thrilling scary movie.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe would also be a great scary movie, but a quiet uneasy one. I can imagine it having vibes like Hush, which is full of suspense despite there being only two characters, or the classic When a Stranger Calls (i.e the movie with the quote, “the call is coming from inside the house.”). Media where the audience is just rooting for the main character to get out alive can be so captivating, so this would make for a great movie.

Is 3 stars a good or bad rating?

It’s… mediocre. For me, I rate a book 3 stars if I think that it had some decent substance to it – the writing was well done, the characters were vaguely interesting – but I just wasn’t  captivated by it.

It’s very much a ‘this wasn’t awful but this book didn’t do it for me’. Just because I didn’t enjoy it, doesn’t mean I think that other people won’t love it.

What’s an unpopular bookish opinion you have?

I can’t tell what’s a popular bookish opinion and what’s not nowadays, to be honest. Blame the fact I’m on twitter too much.

I think a lot of books have been wrongly categorized as “enemies to lovers”. A lot of them can just be considered ‘annoyances to lovers’ since they don’t actually hate each other. And many other enemies to lovers books just have a terrible dynamic; this trope only works well to develop into a healthy relationship if the characters are on a level playing field.

If one of them is punching down then it’s still enemies but it’s sure not going to develop into a compelling relationship I’d root for. That’s basically the bully trope, which I personally hate and avoid at all costs.

What’s your favourite trope?

Meet-uglies and meet-cutes are both tropes I adore. I just think they’re both so cute, and I love romance novels that have them.

What’s a place you really want to visit?

Top of my list is Turkey. Specifically, Istanbul and Antalya. So many of my friends and family have visited and loved it, and I really want to see the Blue Mosque in Istanbul and all the stray cats in Antalya, and all the sights as well.

If you had to describe yourself in three characters,
which ones would they be?

Libby Rhodes from The Atlas Six, Ishu from Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating, and Kasey Mizuhara from The Ones We’re Meant to Find.

What was the last book you read that made you cry?

Fat Chance Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado. It’s not even a sad book, the last few chapters just made me so emotional.

If you could read any book for the first time again, what would it be?

My first instinct is to say The Raven Cycle, but I worry that if I read it for the first time as someone in my 20s, not a teenager like the characters, I wouldn’t feel the same sense of magic about the books. 

So, I’ll have to say Legendborn. I adored this novel so much that I read it in the space of a day (which isn’t common for me and books that are 500 pages long!) and I would love to relive that experience. 

Which elemental power would you want (air, water, earth or fire)?

Water!! No particular reason, I just think it’s super cool.

What is your current favourite and least favourite tv show?

Overall fave is The Good Place, but for ongoing tv shows it’s currently The Umbrella Academy.

I can’t really think of what my least fave show is tbh!!

11 random facts about me:

  1. My favourite food to eat is pancakes, I would eat it for every meal if I could
  2. I’ve lived in London all my life.
  3. My favourite show to rewatch is The Legend of Korra
  4. I have, according to spotify, listened to Cruel Summer by Taylor Swift for about 750+ times.
  5. My favourite movie is Pacific Rim.
  6. I’ve never had a pet, but I really want a cat one day.
  7. The first (and only) concert I’ve been to was for King Princess.
  8. I have two older siblings who are both 10+ years older than me.
  9. I like to collect funky earrings and have a whole collection!
  10. I’m very short (4’11).
  11. My dream is to pursue a doctorate in the future!

My Questions:

  1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
  2. What fictional character(s) would you love to hang out with?
  3. What is your favourite book cover?
  4. What is your favourite thing in your wardrobe at the moment?
  5. Are you good at guessing plot twists?
  6. What are your current favourite artists and songs?
  7. Do you prefer series’ or standalones?
  8. What’s a hobby you loved as a child?
  9. Favourite and least favourite subjects in school?
  10. Are there any tv/movie adaptations of books that you enjoyed?
  11. What is the best book you’ve read this year?


Cherry @ Letters To The Lost / M @ Inking and Thinking / Isha @ Paperbacktomes / Sanah @ Stories & Stardust / Delaney @ Reading with Delaney / Kaya @ A Fictional Bookworm / Azu @ Book A Fiction / Becky @ Simply It’s Blue / Alix @ Alix Reads Books / Naemi @ A Book Owl’s Corner / Prutha @ Moonchild Lexicons

Thank you all for reading!

20 thoughts on “the liebster awards

  1. Ooh, I’d totally go to Antalya with you and visit the stray cats 🥰 Even though Turkey is one of the number one holiday destinations here, I’ve never been, so I should probably remedy that…
    And thank you so much for the tag! I am veeeeeery behind where tags are concerned, so I can’t promise you when I’ll get to it, but I definitely want to! Your questions sound awesome! 😊

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  2. I totally agree with what you said about feeling like you have to write long, detailed posts. For ages if I didn’t have a lot of detailed points to discuss about a book I wouldn’t write a review. Unfortunately that meant I found it a lot easier to write negative reviews. I’m trying to get more comfortable with shorter ones now, but there’s still a little voice in my head that says “you need to say more!”

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  3. ahhh saima thank you so much for nominating me! i loved reading all your answers and i can’t wait to answer your questions💓

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